As a Research Associate, you’ll find yourself meeting people and exploring issues and topics that open up new worlds, both professionally and personally. Former RAs have told us that the skills they develop in researching, writing, interviewing, analysis, and project management create a springboard to a wide range of options. In addition, a close working relationship with faculty members who are generous teachers and mentors is often cited as one of the greatest advantages of a position.
RAs also have access to on-the-job training in specific skills involving research methodologies, library resources, data analysis, case writing, and software. The experiences and skills our research associates develop lead to some exciting opportunities, including graduate programs at top-tier schools and positions at financial institutions, multinational corporations, and boutique consulting firms. A few RAs go off to launch their own businesses, while others may take on new challenges within the Harvard University community.